The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, Sunday placed officers and men of the force, as well as other special operatives, on red alert nation-wide, as part of efforts by the police to ensure a hitch-free Independence anniversary.
The IG also directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Command Commissioners of Police, including the Maritime Command to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their commands, and to pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches, highways and other critical infrastructure and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well being of the citizenry.
Abubakar, in a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, assured Nigerians that the police would do everything within available resources to discharge their statutory responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period of Independence Anniversary.
The IG therefore called on Nigerians to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the police in the face of current security challenges confronting the country.
He also enjoined all well meaning persons and groups to cooperate with the Force by providing useful information, especially with regards to the on-going fight against terrorism and other forms of crimes and criminalities, for the mutual benefit and collective interest of the citizenry.